Also found in: Thesaurus, Idioms.
intr.v. back·ped·aled, back·ped·al·ing, back·ped·als or back·ped·alled or back·ped·al·ling
1. To move the pedals of a bicycle or similar vehicle backward, especially to apply a brake.
2. To move backward by taking short quick steps, as in boxing or football.
3. To retreat or withdraw from a position or attitude: The senator later backpedaled on the issue.
Switch to new thesaurus
|Verb||1.||backpedal - pedal backwards on a bicycle|
|2.||backpedal - step backwards, in boxing |
step - shift or move by taking a step; "step back"
|3.||backpedal - modify one's opinion, make it less strong|
rethink - change one's mind; "He rethought his decision to take a vacation"